Summer has hit and it is important that we remember our feathered friends. All is good if we are in the air conditioning inside and they are in the elements outside. Animals feel the heat just as much as us and get stressed. Here are some strategies to help the feathered ones in your household overcome the extreme temperatures this summer.
- Keep water full and in the shade.
- Give chicken ice blocks to poultry (recipe below my chickens absolutely loved these treats)
- Put sprinklers on the roof of coop/shed
- Add ice to waters
- If possible check on your poultry a few times during the day and spray with a mist of water if necessary
Chicken Ice Blocks (Can be used for all poultry)
When someone talks to me about chickens two things happen. I have a warm fuzzy moment as I absolutely love chooks and then the next thought is oh, what is wrong now? Most people talk to me about chickens when there is something wrong with them and I am happy to try and help. As a child I seem to remember bantam roosters who attacked me but as a teenager and adult I have had the most amazing good natured roosters.
As a teenager I used to chat to a local farmer about chickens, who inspired me to start showing them and my love grew from there. My brother gave me some chickens, and I remember a white hen who had a very bad ear infection and medication did not fix her completely. She could not eat by herself due to bad balance and coordination but could walk around and scratch. So I made a special spoon and fed her daily, straight down the throat. She lived a number of happy years after her illness. My father gave me some Minorca chickens, a rare Spanish breed, but the catch was they were in Tasmania. I imported them to the mainland and showed and bred these magnificent birds. I had a gorgeous Old English Game pair walk in off the street and showed them and they then reproduced. Then there was Nigel, a rooster who started as Nigella who I rescued from a rental property. She just kept growing and growing and started crowing, and became Nigel (pictured below). He grew to 10kg and lived a happy life for 2 years until he died quickly of a heart attack. He must have been a meat chicken who are meant to be culled at 5 weeks of age. He was a gentle giant. Are you seeing a pattern of chickens as gifts here?